My wife and I took a few days over the Christmas break to embark on a driving vacation. We made several stops along the way, but perhaps the most interesting and enjoyable, was our day at Dollywood. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect. I don't drive a pickup truck, and I rarely listen to country music (forgive the stereotyping), but I wanted to check it out for myself. Dollywood was so gracious to offer two media passes for our one day visit. Being a financial guy, I did a little research on Dollywood as a business, and... Read more →

2017 Update - I am turning 52 on Monday January 23, so it is time for my day of free birthday meals! The list of free birthday meals in this article is by no means 100% complete. You may find many local restaurants (not chains) that offer a free birthday meal. Also, since I live in Florida, there be be chains in other regions of the country that I have not listed here. What is becoming more and more the standard is that you need to be signed up in advance through the restaurant's website and receive your free meal... Read more →

Wow, a new report by insurance analytics firm ValChoice concluded that over the past five years Americans overpaid for auto insurance by a whopping $101 billion dollars! The report also provided the simple reason why: some auto insurers have more profit built into their premiums than others. Specifically, auto insurers that operate as mutual insurance companies came out on top. A mutual insurance company can be compared to the business model of a credit union, and exists to serve its members, not to earn a profit for shareholders. Consumer Reports lists USAA and Amica Insurance as their two top picks.... Read more →

Is Cyber Monday still a thing? That question has been asked more frequently in recent years, as retailers, in a breathless effort at corralling as many customers as they can, however they can, have been going further than ever in making in-store Black Friday deals available to online shoppers. According to early data, while Black Friday sales results this year are expected to be the biggest yet, much of that will be attributable to the enormous growth in online sales made during the day originally designed to bring foot traffic into retail locations. According to Adobe Digital Insights, online Black... Read more →

When Donald Trump was running for president, one of his most prominent campaign promises declared that he would “repeal and replace Obamacare.” That may not be happening now. In fact, it seems very likely that while there may be some modifications to the Affordable Care Act, the law itself will remain intact. Trump has actually been saying for some time now that he has every intention of hanging on to two of Obamacare’s most notable provisions – the ability of adult children to remain on their parents’ plans, and the mandate that insurance companies must make coverage available to those... Read more →

Well, we have all done it - bought a lesser known brand, or even a 'generic' version of a product to save money. I know that I would do this more if I had a way of knowing that I was actually getting an item of similar quality for the money. 'Branding' is a big buzzword today in the marketing industry. Companies spend millions on brand identity, but why should you as a consumer pay more just because a brand is buying ads during the Superbowl? Take for example the GoPro Hero 4 camera that is going for about $300... Read more →

Most tend to think of the problems with having poor credit in terms of the higher interest rates charged, or even the inability to be approved at all for a home or auto loan. As you may have heard, many employers nowadays make a review of your credit a standard feature of the screening process, as credit history has come to be seen - fairly or unfairly - as a measure of your personal integrity. This means that your checkered history can not only stand in the way between you and a competitive, money-saving interest rate, or approval to buy... Read more →

Our daughter, Faith, is now a senior in college and has been driving one of our family vehicles that has over 200,000 miles on it. The air conditioning went out this summer (and was too expensive to fix) and it has begun to have chronic repair issues. So, we have been kicking around the idea of helping her purchase a newer car. As you may know, I am an advocate of buying cars that are two to three years old with less than 50,000 miles on them. I have found over the years that this is the 'sweet spot' in... Read more →

Medical doctor and author, Dr. Elaina George, joins Jim Paris Live to discuss Christian Medical sharing plans that are growing in popularity and represent a savings of 50 percent and more from Obamacare plans. Dr. George shares her views on why Obamacare is on the verge of collapse and what we can expect next. Who is really making the big profits in healthcare, and why doctors make just pennies on each healthcare dollar. Read more →

I was eating breakfast at Denny's and overheard a conversation at the cash register. A man was checking out and presented his AAA card and the cashier took 10% off his bill. Well, I am a AAA member and I never got a discount like this at Denny's (but then again, I had never asked for one). The Paris family has had the AAA card for as long as I can remember, and it has saved us numerous times as we have needed roadside assistance for our cars (and my motorcycle), and for our kids that are away at a... Read more →

I am a huge Tom Selleck fan. I love everything this guy is in. From his early start on my all time favorite show, The Rockford Files, to Magnum P.I., Jesse Stone, Three Men And A Baby, Blue Bloods; I love them all. It also makes me that much fonder to know that he is a one of the very few conservatives in the entertainment world. Tom Selleck is not someone, however, that I expected to see in a commercial promoting reverse mortgages for AAG. Reverse mortgage pitchmen are usually actors that are in the twilight of their careers. Tom... Read more →

While some people may say that there are too many airfare search platforms today, I could not disagree more. What is important to grasp, however, is that each one of these portals has a little something different to offer. While there is some benefit to simply doing the same itinerary search on multiple airfare search engines, the results are magnified when you take advantage of the unique tools available at each site. My article 5 Hacks For Finding The Lowest Airfare Every Time is still one of the most popular articles on this blog. Today I am going to share... Read more →

Amazon has done quite a job building up its so called Prime Day. What is it? Well, it is being compared to Black Friday, and the deals are rumored to be just as good. One catch, however, is that you must be a member of Amazon Prime ($99 per year), but you can grab a free 30 day trial by clicking here. Just be sure to cancel it if you don't want to remain as a member. I have been a member of Amazon Prime now for several years and love the free shipping, free music, free movies, and free... Read more →